Tensnake

Glow (Astralwerks/Universal)


Rating: NNN


Tensnake’s inescapable 2010 club track Coma Cat turned German producer Marco Niemerski into an in-demand DJ and remixer. His effusive disco influences differentiated his dance tracks from his fellow Germans’ hard-edged techno, a style he makes even more accessible on his pop-centric debut LP.

When acts like Hot Natured, Storm Queen and Disclosure have top 40 hits in the UK and Daft Punk are winning Grammys, house-pop is having a moment. But Niemerski pushes further, clearly aiming to transcend trends.

Glow is a modern, almost fetishistic reimagining of the escapist romance and shuffling grooves favoured by R&B acts of the 1980s like Prince. Beautifully produced earworms like the Nile Rodgers-featured Good Enough To Keep and Love Sublime could’ve soundtracked a montage sequence in Breakin’, while housey bass lines buoy Aussie vocalist Fiona on No Relief and See Right Through. Tensnake mostly favours brisk tempos, though the sultry ballad 58bpm makes you wish he slowed the pace more often.

Top track: Love Sublime

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